Tourrée de l'Aubier
Tourrée de l'Aubier is a French word which means 'Sapwood' or 'Spruce wood' in English. The cheese named after this tree because the ring of Spruce wood is used as a binder during the cheese making process when the cheese is young. The Spruce wood rings are collected in the woods of the Jura, in the east of France.
Made from cow's milk, the cheese is packed in small packages as well as larger versions which have longer ripening period. As soon as the drying time of two to three months gets over, the Spruce rings are wrapped around a fresh loaf of cheese by hand. The interior of this cheese remains soft while exterior gives a pronounced taste as the wood rings are removed only after the cheese loaf is cut and before the cheese is to be consumed!
Tourrée de l'Aubier is cut together with the Spruce wood ring, which is only removed directly before it is to be consumed.